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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.


Geographical perspectives seem more indispensable than ever in understanding political processes. In one of the world's longest running and intractable conflicts, Israel was invading southern Lebanon and bombarding other parts of the country to devastating effect as we sat down to write this introduction in July and August 2006. Israel, it seemed, hoped to cripple the Hezbollah militia which had been operating as a military force and quasi-state in part of a broader polity. The longstanding conflicts in this region and the efforts to resolve them, as a number of geographers have pointed out, starkly illustrate how space, place and territory are integral to the global fabric of power and conflict (see, for example, Falah, 1996; Yiftachel and Yacobi, 2002; Gregory, 2004).

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